Mid-Summer Update

I can’t believe that we are already nearing the end of July.  It seems like just yesterday I was patiently waiting for the kids to get out of school and now I am anxiously patiently waiting for them to go back.  Here’s a little mid-summer update of what’s been going on.

We started off our summer with a two week vacation to northern California which you can read about here.

No sooner than we got back from there and it was off to southern Nevada to pick up our oldest son, monster B, who is now officially an adult (1 down…4 to go), to come visit before he ships off to boot camp next month.  It was a quick there and back trip, spending most of the time in the car.  But did get to spend some quality time at grandpa’s.

It was just a little hot there…

This video ^ still makes me laugh every time I watch it.  With a little help from Snapchat and my silly voice it came out quite comical.

summer grandpas house swim spa

This is a picture of all the kids in the swim spa which is like a small swimming pool.  Grandpa also has fun things like chickens, an orchard with a pond, and a game room equipped with an old school arcade game that had Pac-Man on it which kept mommy entertained for hours.  It’s also fully stocked with booze that we adults happily helped ourselves to.  I am quite certain the shenanigans lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

I had some fun times with my 16-year-old thinking that my jalapeños from the garden weren’t hot.  His older brother and I dared him to eat a whole one.  So of course he did it.  Because he pretty much does anything he’s dared to do.

Afterwards he was caught guzzling a half-gallon of milk and shoving a half a loaf of bread in his mouth.  He still claims “it wasn’t hot”.

We then headed off for our second family vacation to Idaho.  We visited a place called Brownlee Reservoir which to me looked more like a lake it was so huge.  We were off the grid for 5 whole days.  No internet and no cell service.  At first it was a little weird but then I actually liked the fact that everyone was either fishing, boating, riding their bikes, or playing board games.

This was our view for 5 days

Our friends, who have a boat, invited us.  My 6 and 4-year-old loved being pulled on the tube behind the boat.  The 5-year-old not so much.  Which amazes me as she loves speed.

The above video is her riding her bike down a hill, at the campground, as fast as she could go.  She did this at least a dozen times while we were there but unfortunately biffed it once while trying to race her brother.  Luckily she landed in the grassy part and not the pavement and managed to walk away with only a small scrape to the knee.  Mommy on the other hand almost suffered a small heart attack.

My 16 year old’s girlfriend flew off the raft and lost the entire top bracket of her braces.  And even the hubs and I got in on the action.  Needless to say it’s just as fun as when I was younger, only it’s now, days later, and I am still feeling the effects of holding on for dear life and hitting the water hard enough to obtain quite a few bruises on my legs.

We also took a drive across the dam to a place called Hell’s Canyon.  We took the scenic byway which ran along side the Snake River onto the Oregon side, and it’s literally one road in, turn around and come back.  But absolutely breathtaking scenery.

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Oregon

Everyone did some fishing but the only ones who caught anything were the teenagers.

fishing brownlee reservoir idaho
Oldest son monster B holding some catch of the day.

Of course that’s pretty easy to do when you don’t have 3 little kid’s poles to keep having to attend to.  Seems like every time I looked, my husband was fixing a pole.  He did get to do some fishing the last night we were there but without any luck.

We stayed at a campground called Woodhead Park Campground which if you are ever in the area I highly recommend.  The bathrooms and showers were the cleanest campground facilities I have ever experienced.

Our friends stayed on the B side but we ventured up to the C side where we found the perfect shaded spot overlooking the reservoir.  Supposedly the camp host on the C side isn’t very nice but we never heard a word out of him.  And the 8 of us could be pretty loud…one night well after 1am.

It was a long ride home yesterday and I was happy to get here and shower in my own shower and sleep in my own bed.

Now just a few days and my best friend will be visiting for a whole week!!!  We will be attending a baseball game in Reno while she’s here and I am sure plenty of other shenanigans to blog all about.

The busy summer isn’t ending anytime soon.  But is quickly flying by.

Chow For Now,

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This is a picture of my oldest daughter on our most recent camping trip.  She is never patient about anything but once we gave her a pole and taught her how to fish a new child was born.  She also caught her first fish on this trip.  The excitement in her eyes was one to never be forgotten.  And the peacefulness of her nature is one that I have captured in this very photo.


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family vacation souzaville road trip coast California Oregon

Have you ever been in a camper for 12 days with a family of six?  Well I have, and let me assure you that I now have more gray hair then what I had when I left for said vacation.  And my crazy gene has increased at least a level…maybe 2.

crazy kids road trip

Now granted all the kids slept in a tent while the Mr. and I slept in our comfortable bed in the camper.  But there were plenty of times that all 6 of us were piled in the camper at once.  One bathroom.  One toilet.  And lots of

poop pooping potty

We could be in the middle of nowhere and one of my 3 little monsters would, sometimes in unison, announce the ever so dreaded phrase.

We did a lot of driving on this vacation.  Over 3,000 miles.  This also means that there were sometimes hours spent with the six of us in one vehicle.  I have listened to “Old McDonald” more times that I can count.  Not to mention the numerous other nursery rhymes that followed.  Even the songs on the radio would seem like they were stuck on repeat, and we have satellite radio. And don’t even get me started on the whining.  All the “he did this” and “she did that” was enough to drive me straight to the bottle of wine nuthouse.

Anytime my husband and I are in the same vehicle he always insists on driving.  This leads to me holding the “oh shit” handle… a lot.

husbands driving crazy speeding

He thinks he’s a Nascar driver in a GMC Yukon.

Did I happen to mention that we had our German Shepard on the trip with us too?  That’s constantly shedding.  I swept up enough dog hair to form another dog.  I need a Roomba just for the camper.  Oh wait, I don’t have one of those at home even.  Anyone looking for a gift idea for me please feel free to click the link and purchase.  I do have to say though that she chased off a bobcat one night that had tried to wander into our camp.  I woke up to the sound of her rustling through the bushes and a large “RAWR”.

German Shepard dogs road trip pets

Now of course there were glorious moments about our trip as well.  It was great family bonding time.  Kind of like when gum gets stuck to your shoe or there’s that last little piece of tape that won’t come off of something.  Our family vacations put the Griswald’s to shame.  Not to mention we outnumber them by two and a dog.

National Lampoons Griswalds Road Trip

Here we are trying to take a family photo with the camera resting on top of the Yukon because dumb dumb silly mommy forgot her tripod.  This was about the fifth or sixth attempt at trying to get it right and it still isn’t right.  And no, my husband doesn’t have a mohawk…it just seems to look that way in the picture.

family vacation tree redwoods summer

Now, we are all home, safe and sound, the haze of vacation has wore off, the boredom has set in, and I have lots of future posts about our shenanigans travels.  Including all about the “Trees Of Mystery“, Ocean World Kamp Klamath (a place I would never recommend), Prehistoric Gardens, river rafting, places to eat, beaches, and anything else I can think that we visited along the Northern California and Southern Oregon Coast.

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